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Chemistry International
Vol. 24, No. 4
July 2002


New Books and Publications

Non-Conventional Polymer Dispersions

I. Capek, Symposium Editor
Macromolecular Symposium, Vol. 179, Wiley-VCH, 2002, pp. 1-358 (ISBN 3-527-30469-x)

Contents and Preface

The 15th Bratislava International Committee on Polmers, Non-Conventional Polymer Dispersions, held 25-28 June 2001in Smolenice, Slovakia continued the series of Bratislava meetings organized by the Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS). The Symposium was sponsored by IUPAC and supported by the Slovak Grand Agency of SAS and participants themselves. The meeting took place at the fairy-tale-like castle of Smolenice located about 65 km north of the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

The main topics of the Symposium included.

  • Microemulsion, miniemulsion, and multiple emulsion polymerizations
  • Association and polymerization behavior of amphiphilic macromonomers, graft copolymers, and macroinitiators in polar media
  • Novel and non-conventional polymer products and polymer dispersions, prepared by radical polymerization

The Symposium included invited plenary lectures, contributed lectures and poster presentations. This meeting was a international one: lectures and posters were presented in English by scientists from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Taiwan, and Slovakia. The plenary and contributed lectures were presented by eminent scientist and by well-known active researchers of younger generations. The Symposium featured a dynamic poster section which included presentations by many participants, especially young scientists, and was accompanied by very lively discussions. A short account on the materials presented at the Symposium was published in the Book of Abstracts. Regrettably, this volume does not cover all the new and interesting results presented at the Symposium since not all the authors were able to present their lectures for publication in this volume (some of the material had been published earlier or submitted elsewhere). However, it provides a good representation of the scope of the meeting and the main topics of the discussion.

The symposium focused on current developments in the radical polymerization in the micellar media and synthesis of novel (surface-active) polymer products. It attracted an excellent attendance, reflecting the strong and wide-spread interest in the field of preparation of non-conventional polymer dispersions and stimulated mutual interactions between researchers working on similar display technologies. Both an interesting venue of the conference and well-organized scientific and social program added to the success of the event as quoted by participants.

This brief review of the materials of the Symposium including those presented in this volume shows that the main interest in the investigation of the preparation of non-traditional polymer dispersions and polymer products lies in the nature of the reaction loci, particle nucleation, and particle-growth events.

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